Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD) is one of the most high profile ‘turnaround’ experiments in the country. Launched with the amazing goal to ‘catapult’ schools with test scores in the bottom 5% of the state into schools with test scores in the top 25% of the state in a five year time period, this district has gotten a lot of attention and there are plans to replicate it in various states.
Here is an image that used to be on their website back when they started:
Back when it was formed I wrote an open letter to the former superintendent, actually a friend of mine, Chris Barbic and told him that this was an absurd goal that can only be accomplished by some kind of trickery.
It hasn’t been easy to track the progress of these ASD schools. I remember when they were three years in, there was an…
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